Advocates Transforming Youth Systems

Advocates Transforming Youth Systems, one of our advocacy programs for youth, offers youth who are currently or formerly involved in the child welfare system the opportunity to evaluate the system and develop and implement a campaign that works toward reform.

Each year, Advocates Transforming Youth Systems' youth advocates select an area of focus, identify a strategy to address it, and implement their project. Along the way, Juvenile Law Center provides essential support, ensuring that the participants develop the skills they need to succeed.

Projects tackle a range of issues, including educational success, age-appropriate support, foster care placements for older youth, preventing homelessness, and more.

Interested in joining Advocates Transforming Youth Systems? We are currently looking for youth between the ages of 16-22 who have current or previous experience in the child welfare or justice systems and have an interest in using their experiences to improve these systems for themselves and other youth. The deadline is August 31st and all applicants will be called in for a phone or virtual interview and will know if they are starting this fall by the end of September.

To apply, fill out the application electronically: 

Advocates Transforming Youth Systems [must have child welfare/foster care experience]